Campus Master Plan
Ngāi Tūāhuriri have developed a cultural narrative which has been incorporated into the Campus Master Plan, and are providing further interpretation to assist with its integration into each project. This collaboration ensures the values and aspirations of Mana Whenua are visible, accessible and are rendered in culturally appropriate ways in any future campus development.
|The status of iwi and hapū as mana whenua is recognised and respected.||Māori names are celebrated.||Mana whenua significant sites and cultural landmarks are acknowledged.|
|Taiao||Mahi Toi||Ahi Kā|
|The natural environment is protected, restored and/or enhanced.||Iwi/hapū narratives are captured and expressed creatively.||Iwi/hapū have a living and enduring presence and are secure and valued within their role.|
For Ngāi Tūāhuriri, stories lay the foundations of their world, teaching them about themselves and their connection to Papatūānuku (mother earth), to Ranginui (sky father) and to all creatures.
A selection of these stories has been embedded into the Campus Master Plan through the Cultural Narrative. As with all good stories, there are embellishments and a degree of supernaturalness. The key is the underlying messages.
There are many Māori creation stories. Papatūānuku and Ranginui is the most common, but Ranginui had several wives, and Pokoharuatepō, mother of Aoraki who features in the next story was first. Telling of the formation of Te Waipounamu, the South Island, the story of Pokoharuatepō is just as important in Ngāi Tahu history.
The Ngāi Tahu creation story explains the southern landscape. Te Waka o Aoraki is the South Island. Aoraki is Mount Cook, Rakirua Mount Teichelmann, Rakiroa Mount Dampier and Rarakiroa is Mount Tasman. Together they reside on Ngā Tiritiri o te Moana – or the whitecaps of the ocean, more commonly known as the Southern Alps.
This story of a mythical hero who sought celestial knowledge from his gods is particularly relevant to a university setting. Tāwhaki’s ability to navigate the journey, seek and build strong relationships and his sheer tenacity to keep going until he reached his goal are themes that sit well with the purpose of a university.
This story tells of the first people to settle in Te Waipounamu, the South Island, in Te Tau Ihu, the Marlborough area around 1300AD. They travelled long distances, navigating by the stars in their canoe Uruao, captained by explorer Rākaihautū.